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Unless you’re from the Lowcountry, you’re not likely to know about the marsh tacky, the feral swamp horse descended from hundreds of Spanish horses that ran in the sea island marshes for generations. They are small. Their haunches are skinny. But they were for generations the mudders, the horses that did it all: carrying children to school, mucking deepwater swamps after deer, running races on the beaches. They are steady, smart and not at all hesitant to go where thoroughbreds would buck. They could live off marsh grasses other horses wouldn’t touch.
The marsh tacky almost was lost, disregarded as prettier horses became more available and affordable. A small group of devotees has organized to bring the breed back from fewer than 200 that are left.
The Carolina Marsh Tacky Association plans its annual “beach race” on Daufuskie Island at noon April 27, 2013. Contact the association for more information, 803-517-2545.
Mary Lee is back, by the way. Again. — The 3,456-pound, radio-tagged great white shark signaled just beyond the Charleston jetties about 10 a.m., still headed north. She has been roaming back and forth along the South Atlantic Bight since arriving last fall. You can follow her at http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com.
The first right whale spotted offshore this season was a cow with a calf near the Santee River delta, reinforcing evidence that South Carolina is part of the critical winter breeding grounds. The photo is courtesy of Sea to Shore Alliance, taken under NMFS permit #15488. The story is here: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20121227/PC16/121229477/1005/right-whales-may-be-giving-birth-off-south-carolina.
Sorry about that. Posted this Wednesday. Bought right into it, but it’s not real: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE0Q904gtMI
Mary Lee and Genie, the radio-tagged great white sharks, are fishing off the Savannah River, as of this morning and yesterday morning respectively: http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/
A little melodramatic on the voice over, but a very cool video about a humpback whale rescue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXU7G6zhjU